Will Owen Returns to Juncos Racing for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Indianapolis, Indiana (November 27, 2018) – Juncos Racing announced today that Will Owen will return to the team for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Owen is the first driver announced to the Juncos Racing line-up and will pilot the No. 50 Cadillac DPi-V.R entry for the full season.
Will Owen (Denver, Colorado) rejoins Juncos Racing after two successful seasons running in the European Le Mans Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Owen recorded two victories and finished second in the overall ELMS class Championship in 2017, he also scored a fourth-place finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. The young American continued his string of strong sportscar results in 2018 scoring a fourth-place finish at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and a podium finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Owen first joined Juncos Racing for the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. He returned to Juncos Racing for the 2016 Pro Mazda season, finishing fourth in the championship by collecting eight podium finishes.
“I am so happy to announce that I will be returning to Juncos Racing in 2019 to compete in the IMSA series,” said Owen. “I have been dreaming of getting into a DPi car since I first saw them hit the track. The Cadillac DPi-V.R is one of the strongest racecars ever built, so it is an honor to have the opportunity to race it with Juncos against the best teams in the world. This year we will be head to head with some seriously talented drivers. In the past the thought of that was intimidating, but thanks to the experience and coaching I have received in Europe I feel prepared to take on this challenge. I’m sure this year will push me to the limits, but that is absolutely necessary on the journey to becoming a professional.”
Owen explained, “Around this time four years ago I was also visiting the Juncos shop, but much has changed since then. It is amazing to see how Ricky (Juncos) has grown the team so quickly and how we are now working together on a proper down-force car. I owe thanks to everyone who has worked hard to get this program up and running and helped me be in a position to give my all to our 2019 campaign.”
Ricardo Juncos announced in August the team would expand into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship running a Cadillac DPi-V.R entry. The team received delivery of the Cadillac DPi-V.R car in November and will begin testing in early December.
“We are thrilled to have Will Owen back with us for our maiden season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship,” said Ricardo Juncos. “Will brings valuable experience having run in the ELMS Championship the past two years and finishing fourth and third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We built a great relationship with him during his time with us in the Pro Mazda Championship, so we are looking forward to continuing our work with him for the 2019 season. I would like to thank Will, his family, Speed Group, and his sponsors for making this opportunity possible.”